Singapore showed why it was the region’s floorball powerhouse as it saw the country’s men's (above) and women's teams stroll to Gold in their respective categories at the inaugural Southeast Asian (SEA) Floorball Championship 2014. (Photo by VoxSports)
Held at Hougang Sports Hall over the past week, both teams were unstoppable as they racked up wins after win with much ease.
Both the men’s and women’s teams eventually made it to the finals, where they both faced Malaysia.
The Republic’s males saw off our Causeway rivals 9-4 while the ladies demolished their Malaysian counterparts 9-2 as both teams ended the tournament unbeaten.
The victorious Singapore women's team. (Photo by VoxSports)
The results bode well for the nation at the upcoming SEA Games 2015 which will be held in Singapore, when floorball will make its first official appearance as an competitive sport at the biennial event.
For the men’s team assistant coach and manager Shahizan Ahmad, silverware was made sweeter as the team intended to only use this tournament as part of its preparation for the SEA Games.
Our men's team saw off our Causeway rivals 9-4 in the finals to clinch victory. (Photo by VoxSports)
“It’s a really excellent opportunity. It's the first time floorball will be part of the SEA Games that Singapore is hosting,” Shahizan explained.
“We have about 34 players in the first team. So for this tournament, we decided to send 15 outfield players and three goalkeepers because some of our players have no international experience. So it’s a good chance for them to play in the international games like this,”
“Couple of players have shown good potential, for other young players, there are still some areas to work at.”
Meanwhile, for the Singapore women’s team coach Jamie Cheong, she asserted that this win does not change the fact that her side will be training harder in the upcoming months to win the first-ever SEA Games floorball Gold medal on home ground.
“There will be lots of expectations for the home team. But that is what which makes it exciting for the players, to contain the pressure and relay and translate it back to performance,” Cheong added.